Thursday, 22 October 2015

Sportsgirl Nail It! Plain Jane

As far as I'm aware, Sportsgirl is mainly a fashion focused brand but they've branched out in to beauty. At first glance I wasn't overly impressed by the range, but a browse and a swatch later I'd ended up with six of their Nail It! varnishes in my basket. They were around $9 each and after wearing it the last week I'm so impressed I even debated going in to town to buy back ups. For a start, they apply easily, with an opaque colour in just one coat, they dry pretty quickly and after a week of wear I have 7 nails unchipped or marked which is unheard of for me, especially because I'm doing a lot of physical work recently. In particular I've fallen for the shade ' Plain Jane' which looks almost like a baby blue in the photo, but it's a light grey with a hint of blue. The range of shades isn't huge, I think the store I visited had about 12 colours, but along with nail paints, I also discovered their bronze body shimmer and their jewellery which is all very cool and inexpensive and doesn't leave you with discoloured fingers like some brands.
 

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

What I'm Loving Recently // Face Favourites.

base: Australis Stay Put Foundation mixed with Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
         Laura Mercier Mineral Powder
         Australis Contour Kit
         H&M Highlighting Powder
eyes: Mac Soft Ocre Paint Pot
         Soap & Glory Liquid Liner
         DB Amplifying Mascara
         Savvy Brow Pencil in Blonde
lipsMac Honeylove Lipstick 
tan: LovingTan Ultra Dark Mousse

I've always been a lover of Estee Lauder Double Wear, but since discovering Priceline I haven't been able to resist buying a few new base products to trial out. Australis Stay Put foundation I don't like alone, it's medium coverage, but it has a semi matte yet glowy finish that means it just doesn't adhere to my skin and it slides off, however mixed, the two foundations create a really beautiful coverage and finish, whilst lasting all day. The Laura Mercier Mineral Powder has been raved about on blogs and Youtube and for good reason. It adds a little extra touch of coverage, sets your make up and just leaves your skin looking airbrushed. The Australis Contour Kit I find to be a little bit hit and miss, I find it better then the Anastasia Beverley Hills, but at the same time it's still not perfect. The three contour shades are pretty dark, two are quite ashy, cool toned and one is very warm, orange based. The main issue though is that they're too pigmented, meaning even if you're really careful with application, you can still end up with muddy looking cheeks whilst trying to blend the product out. I do however love the two matte highlight shades, one is a bright banana yellow, the other is a pale pinky white and they do wonders for lifting the under eye area. Be warned though, if you're heavy handed you can get caught out with flash photography. As for the shimmery highlight shade, there's nothing wrong with it, I just have better so I tend to opt for other products, such as the H&M Highlighting Powder. Such a cheap product, but it works so well, it's a shimmery, almost pearlescent pinky, champagne colour that just adds a beautiful candlelit glow to your face. I even use this on my collarbone if I'm wearing a lower cut dress or playsuit.
Mac's Paint Pot in Soft Ocre is an old favourite and always will be. It covers any veining on the lids, its gives you a nice clean base, makes your eyes look more awake, prolongs the wear of eyeshadow and prevents creasing. Unrivalled. Additionally, the Soap & Glory liquid eyeliner is amazing, if you're a lover of felt pens, you can't go wrong with this, it's really pigmented, easy to use, lasts all day and looks like a rich, dark black. The mascara I'm trialling out, it's from DB and it's got a teeny plastic brush which really separates your lashes. I always layer my mascara so I use 2-3 coats to achieve the desired effect. The Savvy eyebrow pencil is pretty soft and waxy, but I find it to work really well, I heavily apply it through my brows then brush it out a few times with the spooly which seems to leave a full, well groomed finish.
As for lips, you can never go wrong with Mac and I've rediscovered my love for Honeylove, a peachy, matte nude that works well with a bolder eye or contoured cheeks. I've recently discovered ColourPop cosmetics though and ordered too many of their matte lip creams and lippie stix so I'm sure I'll have a new favourite in the next few weeks! 

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Loving Tan Ultra Dark Mousse

If you follow my Instagram (lisamichellexx) or my blog reguarly, you'll know that I recently quit my job, applied for a working holiday visa and ended up in Australia. While I'm here, it would be rude not to see what this beautiful place has to offer in the beauty department. If you haven't heard of Loving Tan before, they've an Australian based self tanning company that ship worldwide. I'd had my eye on the brand for a while, so when they offered to send me their Ultra Dark Mousse to trial along with their Deluxe Self Tanning Applicator Mitt and Skin Polishing Glove, I couldn't really say no. Who would know how to recreate a bronzed glow better then bronzed Aussie babes that also want to protect their skin at the same time?
First Impressions:
The packaging is girly and chic, a little easier on the eye then the basic packaging most other brands opt for. I love the branding of Loving Tan, along with the name and the range of products I've browsed on their website. They seem to have all bases covered, whether you're after a light tint, wash off body make up or an ultra deep olive tan. Their tanning products are salon inspired and claim to combine a self tanner with a moisturiser in one, whilst also being fast drying and deep in colour. The Ultra Dark is recommended for experianced tanners and having been 'body bronzing' for 6 years, this is the shade I opted for. The base colour is a deep brown with a red undertone and as I applied it I noticed how easily it blended in, how light the scent was and how deep the colour looked. Not to fear though, once applied the colour seems to settle in slightly and looks like you've had a few days on a beach in the sunshine, it then continues to develop and (if you're a regular self tanner, you'll know what I mean) its completely satisfying to see your skin tone deepen to a deep, olive shade. The test is always the next day though, when you wash off the colour guide, and I was not disappointed when I was still left with a realistic, dark tan. I also had my boyfriends mum and nan comment on how much nicer and natural it looked compared to my previous tanning products, even though it was darker!
I've used it three times now since then and each time I've been so happy with the result I've achieved, it dries quickly, it doesn't leave you feeling tacky and it lasts a full week on my skin which impressed me hugely as I'd never been able to maintain a tan for that long before! Considering I'm hugely lazy with moisturising my skin in the days after, all I can assume this is down to is the Skin Polishing Glove and the product itself. To prep my skin, I simply have a long soak in the bath, then exfoliate my skin, apply an oil free moisturiser on any dry areas then apply the self tanning mousse in circular motions, all over my body. Simple as that.
 At $39.95, it works out at £32.35 with the cost of shipping to get it delivered to the UK, or if you're in Australia shipping will cost you $9.95. If you're interested in seeing more before and after photos, search for 'lovingtanofficial' on Instagram or Loving Tan on Youtube and you'll be blown away by the amount of people that rave about it!
Here's some photos of me wearing the Ultra Dark Self Tanning Mousse. 

Friday, 21 August 2015

I made it to AUSTRALIA!

  After weeks of nervously planning to make the move to Australia - from quitting my long term job, applying for a working holiday visa (with the help of my boyfriend Adam and friend Jasper, as I was clueless!), selling my car and possesions and save money, while saying goodbye to all of my loves from home, it was finally time to leave England, to make the long journey to Australia. My lovely friend Charlotte drove us to the airport, we flew from London to Singapore, Singapore to Brisbane, then got picked up by my boyfriends parents and driven to Byron Bay.
Everything is so new to me! I can't believe that a 10 minute walk from my boyfriends parents home, is a beach with white sand, blue seas and such beautiful views and I couldn't resist quickly posting some quick snaps to share what I've experienced today. Adam is loving me showing me around Byron and I have plans to buy a bicycle ASAP so we can go on cute bike rides together and enjoy the laid back lifestyle here!

 

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

BLOG SALE // BEAUTY PRODUCTS. PART 2.

UK ONLY
PAYPAL PAYMENT, POSTAGE IS £3.20 - I CAN COMBINE POSTAGE FOR MULTIPLE ITEMS.
COMMENT BELOW / TWEET ME @ GOLDENGLOWW
 FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.
EMAIL ME - GoldenGlowBlog@hotmail.com
 ALL PRODUCTS WILL BE SANITISED BEFORE BEING SENT.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base - 04 Apricot, never used. £12.50
Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Foundation, Shade 03, never used. £11.50 * NOW £10
Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Foundation, 05 Creamy Tan, 70% left. £7.50
Givenchy Photo Perfection Foundation, 5 Perfect Praline, 65% left. £12.50 * NOW £10
Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer, 5 Hue, 70% left. £11.50 * NOW £10
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour, 035, used once. £13.50
Diorskin Nude Tan, BB Creme, 001, never used. £12.50 * NOW £11
Dior Nude Foundation, 021, 60% left. £8.50
Clarins Ever Matte Foundation, 110 Honey, used once. £8.50 * NOW £7.50
Laura Mercier Signature Foundation, 03 Nude, used once. £7 * NOW £5.50
Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Foundation, 72, used once. £2
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, 5.0, 50% left, with lid. £6 * NOW £5
Mac Select Moisture Cover Concealer, NC20, never used. £6
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, 53, used once. £2
Bourjois BB Bronzing Balm, used once. £2 *NOW £1.50
Loreal True Match Concealer, Sand, used once. £1.50
Nars Turkish Delight Lipgloss, used only a few times. £7
Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Lip Cream, Free Will, used twice. £6.50 * NOW £5
Benefit Majorette Blush, swatched once. £10.50 * NOW £9
Mac Style Blush, usage shown. £7 * NOW £6.50
Philosophy BB Cream, 02 medium, never used. £8.50 * NOW £6.50
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solution Foundation, Fresh Vanilla, never used - in box. £15
Clarins True Radiance Foundation,  112, Amber. £12.50
Clinique SkinCare, together, never used. £10
Dr Jart Water Fuse BB Cream, used once. £7 * NOW £6.50
Nuxe Soothing Face Mask, 70% left. £5
Body Shop BB Cream, 03, never used. £4
Mischa Perfect Cover BB Cream, never used. £4 * NOW £3.50
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzing Powder, 02 Medium. Used twice. £13.50 * NOW £12
Make Up Store Eyeshadow, Diva. Barely used. £2.50
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer, 3, barely used. £6 * NOW £5.50
Becca Beach Tint - never used, in box. Lychee/Opal. £10
Nars Multiple - now discontinued and unavailable, Palm Beach, 90% left. £17.50 * NOW £13.50
Clarins Cream Eyeshadow, 03 Aquatic Grey, never used. £7 * NOW £6.50
 Smashbox Cream Eyeshadow, Icon, never used in box. £7
Clinique Chubby Stick Eyeshadow in Fudge, barely used. £7 * NOW £6.50
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder, Bronze, barely used. £15 * NOW £13.50
 Mac Constructivist Paint Pot, barely used. £7
Chanel Loose Powder, used once, still in box, 20 Clair. £17 * NOW £16.50
Make Up Forever Mat Velvet+, shade 40, never used in box. £14 * NOW £12.50
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, barely used, in box - shade warm beige 3.5. £14.50 * NOW £12.50
Make Up Forever Aqua Brow, shade 15, 50% left. £4.50
Mac Paint Pot 'Mooncake' never used. £6
Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow, Bone, 90% left. £6.50
Nars Gaiety Blush, never used. £13.50
Nuxe Multi Purpose Dry Oil, 80% left. £7.50
Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask - 80% left. £6 * NOW £5
Illamasqua Cream Highlighter in shade 'Gleam' - usage shown, 95% left. £8.50 * NOW £8
The Balm Bronzer, usage shown. £7
The Body Shop Bronzing Powder, 03, usage shown. £6.50 * NOW £6
Stila Convertible Color, Gerbera. Never used. £7
Nars Cream Eyeshadow in 'El Dorado' usage shown, 90% left. £7.50 * NOW £6.50
Laura Mercier Brow Definier, Fair, 80% left. £6.50 * NOW £5.50
Mac Cream Colour Base in Pink Shock, never used still in box. £8
Nars Eyeliner Pencil in Rue Bonaparte, 90% left. £7 * NOW £6
Inglot Eyeshadow Pigment in '37', used once. with Duraline adhesive. £8.50
Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation, shade Santa Fe, 80% left. £16.50 * NOW £12.50
Dior mini blush, never used - Coral Cruise. £3.50
Nars Cream Blush in 'Penny Lane' usage shown, 80% left. £10 * NOW £8.75
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Dry Oil, never used. £6.50 * NOW £6
Dior Addict Lipstick, 457 Candice, 90% left. £11
Mac Full Coverage Foundation, NC20, used twice, still with box. £14.50 * NOW £13
Clarins Lipgloss, Coral Tulip, used twice. £7 * NOW £6.50
YSL Liquid Lipstick, 18, barely used. £9 * NOW £8.50
Illamsaqua Lipstick in 'Liv' 85% left. £8.50 * NOW £7
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in '68' Candeur. SOLD.
Mac Skin Refined Zone Treatment, used once. £8 * NOW £7
Cargo Blush in ''Catalina", barely used. £7.50 * NOW £6
Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow, barely used. £8
Clarins Cream Blush in '01 - peach' barely used. £6.50 * NOW £6
Clarins Lip Balm in 'Sweet Cherry' 85% left. £5.50
Stila Liquid Lipstick in 'aria' - barely used. £7
Becca Ever Matte Poreless Primer, 80% left. £10
Korres Wild Rose Foundation, WRF2, 95% left. £5
Mario Bedescue, Silver Powder, 90% left. £4.50
Illamasqua Sculpting Duo 'Lumos & Heliopolis' 85% left of each shade. £12 * NOW £11
Hourglass Illume 'Bronze Light', usage shown, 85% left of each shade. £22.50 * NOW £18.50
Mac Lip Erase, Dim, 70% left. £3.50
Mac Prep & Prime Eye, Medium, barely used. £6
Nars Matte Lipstick, Madere, 80% left. £8
Too Faced Lipstick, 'Naked Dolly' caught slightly in the lid, 80% left. £8.50 * NOW £8
Mac Eye Pencil 'Powersurge' 90% left. £5
Benefit Mini Cream Eyeshadow, 'Birthday Suit' 90% left. £3
Mac Cream Blush in 'So Sweet So Easy' 75% left. £7.50 * NOW £7
Mac Powder Blush, Rosy Outlook, used once. £10 * NOW £9
Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder 'SAND', without powder puff, 70% left. £9.50
YSL Youth Liberator Foundation, 'B30', used once. £19.50 * NOW £16
Benefit Watts Up Cream Highlighter, 90% left. £12 * NOW £11.50
Pink Tweezerman tweezers, perfectly fine, lost so I repurchased more. £7
Clarins Lipstick, in shade 'Tropical Pink' 70% left. £6
Soap & Glory Glow All Out Highlighting Powder, barely used. £5
Illamasqua Eyeshadow Quad in 'Neutral Palette' barely used. £18.50 * NOW £16.50
The Balm Sexy Mama Mattifying Powder, barely used. £9 * NOW £7.50
Clarins Eyeshadow Single in 'Smoky Plum' barely used. £5
Estee Lauder Perfecting Loose Powder, in packaging, barely used. £17.50
Dior Star Foundation -  031, used once. £15 * NOW £14
Giorgio Armarni Lasting Silk Foundation, 5.5, 50% left. £9.50
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclait Foundation, B40 - 50% left. £9 * NOW £8.50
Soap & Glory CC Superfluid in Nude Peach, used once. £3
Mac Powder Blush in 'Harmony' 70% left. £7
Nars Highlighting Powder, 'Albatross', 90% left. £11
Mac Pro Sculpting Cream, 'Pure Sculpture' in box never used. £9.50
Mac Fluidline Brow GelCreme, 'Dirty Blonde' never used, in box. £8.50 * NOW £8
Benefit, Boi-ing Concealer, '03' 90% left. £7 * NOW £6.50
Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting '02 champagne' - 90% left. £8.50
YSL Teint Resist Foundation, '5' - 90% left. £14.50 * NOW £12.50
Kiko Universal Fit Foundation, '07' never used. £2.50
Benefit Big Easy BB Cream ' 04 Medium' 90% left. £12.50 * NOW £10
Clarins Face & Blush Powder 'Opalescene' 90% left. £12.50 * NOW £10.50
Clarins Extra Comfort Foundation '110 Honey', 90% left. £14.50 * NOW £11.50
Mac Lipstick, in box, 'Plink!' used once. £6
Too Faced Plumping Lip Crayon, 90% left. £6 * NOW £5
Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector '03' used once. £6
Estee Lauder Blush Ombre in 'Witty Peach' - as shown usage. £13.50
Ren Glycolactic Mask, 85% left. £10
Benefit HighBrow '85% left'. £4.50
Clarins Skin Illusion Powder Foundation '110 wheat' 90% left. £9.50 * NOW £9
Mac Lip Liner in 'Soar' 90% left, has been sharpened. £5
Mac Skin Base Visage Sample. £1.50
Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer ''1W LIGHT' usage shown, will be sanitised. £8.50 * NOW £7
Clarins Ombre Cream Eyeshadow - 01 Aquatic Rose, 95% left. £6
Laura Mercier Secret Camoflauge Powder - 90% left. £8.50
Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer, comparable to NC25. 70% left. £4.50 
Celeb Boutique Ball Gown, RRP£129, size s (8-10), worn once to a Masquerade Ball, I had the dress dry cleaned after this photo was taken so it's PRISTINE, beautiful material, lovely fit - £75
Topshop Tuille Skirt, size 10, RRP £55 still with tags, never worn out, non smoker.
£27.50, INCLUDING POSTAGE.

I also have two Pandora rings, both very well looked after for sale, tweet or email me for a photo and information on the sizes, along with clothing which I'll be listing in the next few days!

Monday, 27 July 2015

BLOG SALE // beauty. NOW CLOSED.

Hi All!
I'm having a huge clear out to make some extra cash for a last minute trip. I know I've been off the radar for a while now, mainly due to personal reasons which I'll explain at a later date in 'sit down and read this with a cup of tea' kinda post. Most of these products are unused or the usage can be seen, help me raise funds! You can tweet me @GoldenGloww with any queries or offers for products. I can also reduce shipping if multiple items are brought together!
Dior Rosy Glow Blush, £14, never used.
 Hourglass Powder Dim Light Powder.
 Illamasqua Tremble Blush £9.50, never used.
Nars Gaiety Blush, £14, never used.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Pencil, Brunette, Unused. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette, usage shown. £18
The Balm Bronzer, £7.50
Clarins Aquatic Treasure Bronzer, £10
Mac Eyeshadows, £4 each. Brulee and a bronze shade.
Clinique Skin Care, never used £6.50 each. Inglot Glitter, £7
Mac Constructavist Paint Pot, barely used. £7.50
Bourjois Foundation, £4
Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Foundation, 70% left, £8.50
Clarins Complexion Perfector, never used. £14.50 Clarins True Radiance Foundation, never used. £14.50
Mac Pro Longwear Cream Foundation, NC25 barely used. £14
Mac Full Coverage Foundation NC20, barely used. £14.50
Bourjois Foundations, £4 each. Used once.
Make Up Forever Mat Velvet Foundation, never used. £15
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation, never used. £14.50
Nars All Day Luminous Foundation, Sante Fe, never used. £16.50 Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Foundation, 04 Fresh Vanilla. Never Used. £14.50
Chanel Loose Powder, Used Twice. £17.50
Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Quad, light use. £17
Dior Concealer, never used - 001, £10
Smashbox Cream Eyeshadow - Icon, never used. £7
Becca Beach Tint - Lychee/Opac - never used - £10 Kerastase Initialiste Serum, £19.50, never used.
Liz Earle Face Mask, £6, barely used.
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer, £13.50 Nars Copacabana Highlighter, £10, never used.
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, 3.5 Warm Beige, used once. £14.50
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder, shade 3, £17.50, barely used.
Stila Convertible Colour, never used. £7.50. Gerbera
Chanel Lipstick. £11.50, usage shown.
Mac Cream Colour Base, Pink Shock, never used. £7 Mac Eyeshadow Palette, £30 all together. Shades include: Bronze, Charcoal Brown, Patina, All That Glitters. Mac Pro Longwear Cream Foundation, NC25 70% left. £7
Mac BB Cream, Light Plus, barely used. £7.
Clarins Ever Matte Foundation, 70% left. £11.50
Mac Mineralize Foundation NC25, 80% left. £7.50 Mac lipsticks, £6 each, includes Candy Yum Yum, Viva Glam, Hue, Creme Cup, Pink Pearl Pop, Plink!, Rebel, Girl About Town and Viva Glam Gaga. Estee Lauder Lipsticks, £7, nude shade and Pink Sand. YSL glossy lip stain, £9.50, used once.
Clinique Chubby Eyeshadow Stick, Fudge, £8.50, light use.
Mac Mooncake Eyeshadow Base, £7, used once.
Mac Eyeshadow £4 Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation / NC25, NEVER USED. Body Shop BB Cream - NEVER USED, £7
Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation, 85% left
Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Foundation, never used. £17.50
Lancome 24 Hour Ultra Foundation, shade 035, never used. £19.50 Mac Lipsticks ST. Germain and Brave, £6 each. Barely used.
Tarte Blush in Buff, never used. £8.50
Dior NudeTan BB Cream, never used, £15.50
Chanel Les Bieges Powder, £13, light use Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer, 80% left. £14.50
Liz Earle Foundation, unused, £10
Philosophy BB Cream, never used. £9 Dior Nude Foundation, 65% left, £9.50
Honey Bronze, £5
Mac Concealer, never used, £6    Stila Palette, £9. without eyeliner. UK ONLY. PAYPAL. 
OFFERS. 
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